ISP arrests Seymour police captain, former chief for ghost employment

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William Abbott (L) and Carl Lamb (R)

SEYMOUR, Ind.– Indiana State Police (ISP) arrested two Seymour Police Department officers Wednesday for alleged official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

Former Chief William “Bill” Abbott and current Captain Carl Lamb were arrested following what ISP calls a “lengthy investigation.”

The investigation started in October of 2019 when allegation were made against Abbott and Lamb about ghost employment.

After four months of investigating, ISP says it was determined by detectives that Abbott was employed by a medical center to schedule off-duty officers to provide security.

ISP alleges Abbott was doing this job while also working in an official capacity for the Seymour Police Department.

Lamb is accused of working for a security firm which had a contract to provide off-duty police officers for work in a construction zone. State police say he was paid to do this job while he was also being paid by the Seymour Police Department. Lamb also allegedly was part-owner in a company that provides training to area schools, churches and businesses. ISP says Lamb worked for the company while on duty in his official capacity.

Abbott and Lamb face felony charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft. Both were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. Both of them are on administrative leave from the police department.

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